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  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, August 18, 2011

    Stocks tumbled on Thursday, with the Nasdaq down nearly 5 percent after data showed factory activity in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region unexpectedly fell to the lowest level since March 2009.

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    18 Aug 11
  • Jared Cano (R) is led out of the courtroom after appearing before judge Tracy Sheehan in the Hillsborough County, Florida Courthouse Annex August 17, 2011. Florida police on Wednesday said they had uncovered a plot by the 17-year-old Cano to attack and cause mass casualties at his former school, Freedom High School, in Orlando after arresting him and discovering bomb-making material at his home.

    Florida police said on Wednesday they arrested a 17-year-old who had material to make pipe bombs at his home and had planned to attack and cause mass casualties at the Tampa high school that had expelled him.

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    18 Aug 11
  • Spoilers don’t ruin stories or films?

    A new study by researchers from the University of California at San Diego shows spoilers may enhance enjoyment, even for suspense-driven story lines and film plots.

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    17 Aug 11
  • Judge rules bus line wrong to deny atheist ads

    A federal judge ruled on Thursday that the free speech of a coalition of atheists had been violated when Little Rock’s public bus line denied them the right to place $5,000 worth of ads on city buses.

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    17 Aug 11
  • President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall-style event at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa August 15, 2011

    A decade after the 9/11 attacks, a “lone wolf terrorist” like the shooter in Norway now presents a bigger risk to the United States than a large-scale operation, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

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    17 Aug 11
  • Boris Yeltsin (C) speaks to a crowd from atop an APC surrounded by security men in this file photo taken on August 19, 1991

    The following Witness piece recalls how the hardline communist coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev unfolded in August 1991. Steve Gutterman is currently based in Moscow for Reuters and was working as an assistant for a U.S. newspaper in the Russian capital at the time of the coup.

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    17 Aug 11
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks to reporters after meeting with House Democrats about debt relief legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, August 1, 2011.

    The United States must ease Beijing’s worries about its vast U.S. debt holdings, China’s media said on Wednesday, marking a visit by Vice President Joe Biden, who said his hosts should not fret about their dollars or assume American power is waning.

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    17 Aug 11
  • A truck carrying Libyan rebel fighters drives towards the Zawiyah oil refinery in Zawiyah, August 17, 2011.

    Libyan rebels launched an assault on an oil refinery on Wednesday to drive the last remaining troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi out of a city on Tripoli’s outskirts and consolidate a siege of the capital.

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    17 Aug 11